Industrial Cathedral

Industrial Cathedral
"Industrial Cathedral" charcoal drawing on paper 131 x 131 cm Jane Bennett. This drawing was a finalist in the 1998 Dobell Prize for Drawing (Art Gallery of N.S.W.) ; Finalist in 1998 Blake Prize for Religious Art ; Winner of 1998 Hunter's Hill Open Art Prize

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Boiling Frog


plein air oil painting of the "Jolly Frog" pub in Windsor by artist Jane Bennett
 WJF1 'Door of the 'Jolly Frog' 
2013 oil on canvas 15 x 15cm

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The "Jolly Frog", was "mysteriously" burnt down at about 10pm on the 20th January.
 A popular local watering hole, it had been derelict for several years. Its lurid fluoro pink paint job was the first visible landmark after crossing the bridge into Windsor.
Now it's gone up in smoke.

A few months before, I painted some small studies from a small road opposite the "Frog"  I also painted a few small studies from my car behind the pub where there was a wasteland used as a carpark.
The "Jolly Frog" certainly had the atmosphere of an accident waiting to happen. it reminded me of  the former White Bay Hotel, which a couple of years ago had suffered a similar fate.



plein air oil painting of the "Jolly Frog" pub in Windsor by artist Jane Bennett
 WJF3 'Study of the 'Jolly Frog' 
2013 oil on canvas 18 x 13cm
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plein air oil painting of the "Jolly Frog" pub in Windsor by artist Jane Bennett
WJF2 'Sign of the 'Jolly Frog' 
2013 oil on canvas 18 x 13cm
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This trio of tiny oil studies have a slightly "Edward Hopper" air about them; never a bad thing to have.
Closed shutters, boarded up doors and a disquieting mystery inside.

In my next post about painting the 'Jolly Frog' I have some 'before and after' paintings.

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